Students tell stories of tax-starved Josephine County’s public safety crisis

Northwest News Network, a consortium of news organizations managed by OPB, is featuring series of stories on Josephine County, produced by SOJC students. During fall term a team of students from a group of students from the OR Media class made several trips to Josephine County to understand and document how the public safety crisis in timber-dependent southern Oregon counties was affecting residents. These stories were published as a collection at

Beyond feature stories and videos, the website includes profiles of county officials, photo stories, audio interviews, and a timeline of the history of Josephine County. Visit to learn more about the struggles this county and others like it are facing.

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ED MADISON teaches multimedia journalism, digital publishing, and media entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2012. Madison was a founding producer at CNN, and he has produced and directed programs and segments for CBS, ABC, Paramount, Disney and A&E Networks.